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Anba Sikl​ò​n

from Wa Di Yo by Lakou Mizik

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This song speaks to the frustrations of the Haitian people who often feel that their lives rise and fall at the whims of foreign governments and NGOs who seem to profit during Haiti’s hardest moments. The chorus claims that during hurricanes and instability numbers are always shifting – a 7 turns to a 9, a 4 turns to an 8 – a reference to the perceived financial fraud that happens during these times of crisis. The people most deserving receive the least. The verse asks the question, “Why? Why do you laugh at our problems, contribute to our suffering in our times of weakness?” The international community in Haiti does have much to answer for, but the song finally turns to pride in the face of exploitation,
“Haiti will change. Haiti will rise up”


In a hurricane
In times of trouble
They turn 7 into 9 (x2)
In a hurricane
In times of trouble
They turn 4 into 8 (x2)

Hmmm they are changing 7 into 9 (x2)
Hmmm they are changing 4 into 8 (x2)

Why are you laughing at my problems?
Contributing to my suffering?
Look how you steal my happiness
Have mercy! Have mercy!
Look how you walk over my culture
Why do you take advantage of my weakness?
Look how you are using my pain (Have mercy!)
Haiti will change (We’ll see it)
This country will move forward (We’ll see it)
Haiti will rise up (We’ll see it)
Raise your hand and say yes (x2)


Conscience! Conscience! Conscience! Conscience!


from Wa Di Yo, released March 26, 2016


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Lakou Mizik Haiti

Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world. ... more

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